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Birmingham City Council (BCC) is consulting on proposed changes to Dudley Road between Spring Hill roundabout on the Middleway, to the junction with Icknield Port Road, just past Birmingham City Hospital. With 750 new homes planned on the Birmingham City Hospital site, and 700 on the Soho Loop Site opposite, there will be substantial changes to transport patterns in the area. BCC state that they hope these plans will improve the flow of people through the area to help meet the extra demand.
Birmingham City Council has published surveys on the parks and on parking, asking the public for their views on these services. These two surveys provide an opportunity to get our voices heard on a couple of issues.
This month, Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) is holding a consultation on what factors would encourage respondents to cycle more regularly to a Sprint rapid transit bus stop. This is a golden opportunity to tell TfWM how they can help you to cycle to and make use of these major public transport schemes. The consultation also includes details of 3 Sprint routes that TfWM is proposing in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in 2022, from Birmingham city centre to Birmingham airport, Walsall and Sutton Coldfield.
In the week that Manchester announced a £1.5 bn investment plan (with £160 mn already allocated) for a comprehensive cycle network, Birmingham City Council has released highway plans that show it does not know how to carry out joined up transport planning nor how to facilitate cycling.
The British government is consulting on how to make cycling and walking in the UK safer. Cycling UK have drawn up an excellent response to the consultation, calling for safe cycle infrastructure as well as safe driving standards - they want cycling to be as simple as possible, so that everyone can do it.
As the recent City Centre road improvements consultation showed a worrying lack of concern for the needs of cycle users by WMCA transport designers, Push Bikes is sending an open letter to Andy Street on this issue.
It seems odd to ask what the problem with a bus gate is - cycles can use bus gates, and anything that helps improve public transport should be good, right? But in this case, the bus gate cuts across a Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) cycle route and breaks West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) policy.